At the moment, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire are said to be in a power struggle over the Manchester United captaincy.
According to a story in The Mirror, the United duo has discussed a change of captain for the rest of the season with interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
While the intention behind Ronaldo taking the captaincy is to relieve pressure on Maguire, the England international is hesitant to comply because he does not want to lose the position permanently.
According to the report, there is a growing sense in the dressing room that Ronaldo will take over as captain, despite Maguire’s troubles at center back.
‘Intially, Ronaldo was asking players to support Harry,’ a source said. However, the management now wants Ronaldo to instruct all of the younger players.
‘That’s put Harry in a no-man’s-land situation, since he’s the captain and has to say and do whatever Ronaldo says in order to keep things nice.’
Since Rangnick’s arrival in November, Ronaldo has been tutoring the younger players, as per Rangnick’s orders.
Maguire, on the other hand, is claimed to feel’marginalized’ in the dressing room because of Ronaldo’s arrival.
Although Ronaldo has openly backed Maguire, his support is believed to have faded in recent weeks.
Marcus Rashford debunked allegations of disunity among Man United’s squad earlier this week, citing that everyone is working as a team.
Other attempts to bring down Rangnick and his coaching staff have apparently been made from within the dressing room.
According to reports last week, several United players refer to Rangnick’s No. 2 Chris Armas as Ted Lasso, the bumbling incompetent coach from an Apple+ TV show.
According to AS, Ronaldo believes Rangnick lacks the ability to manage United and is out of his depth at Old Trafford. Ronaldo is a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.